new releases 2016

This is a complete listing of compositions by Mark Sirett.  For specific voicing please click on the appropriate tab.  For a perusal copy of any score please send an email to the composer and he is more than happy to send you one. 

SSA new releases

After the War
SSA and piano, optional instruments, Cypress Choral Music
Paul Gross and David Keele arr. M. Sirett  This is a poignant song sung by Sarah Slean from the film Passchendaele

April (I Love You)
SSA and piano Alliance Music Publications AMP 0998
This exquisite and evocative setting for advanced treble or Women’s voices captures the beauty, clarity and profound emotion of Sara Teasdale’s romantic poem ‘I love you’.  Score  

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Citadel Hill
Canadian folk song SSA and piano, Cypress Choral Music CP 1335
Mark is a master of writing approachable choral music…a breeze for the director and a joy for the singers.  This is another of his charming folk song arrangements.  Also available in SATB See the Score   

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inngiqtuq  SSA body percussion and drum, Boosey & Hawkes 979-0-051-48351-8 inngiqtuq (She Sings) is a soundscape that honors the culture of the Inuit people of the Arctic. Musical references to traditional “throat-singing” and “ay-ya” songs are found in the music. The body percussion – stomping, clapping, chest pounding – and drum will add to the authentic experience this piece brings to singers and audience. See score and listen

songsterThe Songster
SSA and piano Boosey & Hawkes HL48023436
Celebrating the Mohawk heritage and Canadian landscape of the poet Pauline Johnson, Mark Sirett captures the passion and grandeur of the lyrics and serves them up for any accomplished women’s choir. Commissioned by the Ottawa Children’s Chorus. Score

To be release this summer!  Sparrow Susan Crowe and Raylene Rankin arr. Sirett, Boosey & Hawkes 979-0-051-48364-8

tenor/bass new releases

The Holy Ground
Irish folk song, TTBB a cappella, Boosey & Hawkes HL48023063
The Holy Ground is a traditional nineteenth-century folksong from County Cork, Ireland and is based on a Welsh sea shanty, “The Lass of Swansea Town.” Written for, and dedicated to, Diane Loomer, founding director of the male chorus, Chor Leoni, this is a reflective arrangement of what is often a boistrous “tavern song,” capturing the sad sentiment of the lyrics.  See the score

The Dying Rebel
Irish folk song,TBB and piano, Boosey & Hawkes 051-48136-1
This poignant ballad recounts the tragic death of a young rebel from Cork during in the famous 1916 Easter Rising which proclaimed the Irish Republic independent of Britain.  Expressive and emotional. See the score

Walking TTBB and piano, In Low Voice, Boosey & Hawkes 979-0-051-48324-2
This setting of a poem by one of England’s notable war poets, Robert Graves (1895-1985), dedicated to the memory of a World War I veteran, is for 4-part men’s chorus, the perfect ensemble to bring this powerful text to life  See score   Listen

satb new releases

After the War
SATB and piano, Paul Gross and David Keele arr. M. Sirett  This is a poignant song sung by Sarah Slean from the film Passchendaele Score   After the War

As a Tree SATB sacred a cappella, Augsburg Fortress 978-1-5064-1381-5 An accessible a cappella work full of lyricism and expressive harmonies. The beautiful and inspiring text by Michael Morris is based on Psalm 1 and implores us all to “be like a tree firmly planted which yields its fruit and prospers.”
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unison & two-part

secular 

All Winter Long
SS, piano and flute, Boosey & Hawkes M-051-473441
A gentle, lilting 6/8 metre builds to an exuberant celebration of spring and concluding ‘dance of the sun.’ The evocative poetry is Inuit in origin and a wonderful tribute to First Nation culture. Excellent concert or festival selection for young voices.

Irish Lullaby
SS and piano, Boosey & Hawkes M-051-47134-8
A charming traditional lullaby sung in Irish.  The pronunciation guide makes the language very easy. The simple piano score supports a unison first verse, and the second with a flowing descant. Delightful folk song especially suitable for very young voices. Watch     

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J’entends le moulin
SS, piano and violin (optional spoons),  Boosey & Hawkes  M-051-478798 A lively arrangement is a favourite Quebecois folk-tune full of ‘joie de vivre.’  The turning of the windmill is heard in the exciting piano and violin accompaniment. See the score Watch           

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Ma come bali bene bela bimba (La Villanella)
SSA and piano.  Boosey & Hawkes 979-0-051-47880-4
This familiar Italian tune comes from the Veneto; the language is repetitive and easy to learn.  The colourful piano writing captures the twirling of the young dancer.  A exciting number for younger voices and teens encourages ‘bel canto’ singing. See the score    Watch     

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My Heart Soars
S(S)A and piano, Boosey & Hawkes, CME: Intermediate series. HL 48023055
Composer Mark Sirett set the beautiful and evocative poem “My Heart Soars” of Chief Dan George for a tribute concert to aboriginal cultures of the world. The concert was recognized by the Association of Canadian Choral Communities as Canada’s Outstanding Choral Event of 2009-10. Written for three part women’s or children’s voices and piano, the work captures the spiritual nature of the text beautifully. Duration: ca. 4 minutes 
See the score  

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Though We Be But Children
Two-part and piano, Hinshaw Music HMC 2131 This contemporary lyrical ballad celebrates youth and the great promise children hold for the future. The text was written by Kathleen Smith, a member of the Peterborough Children’s Chorus which commissioned this work. See the score         

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Where Go the Boats
SA and piano, Boosey & Hawkes, CME: Intermediate series  HL 48023043

Using a text from the Robert Louis Stevenson collection of poems titled “A Child’s Garden of Verses”, Mark has artfully captured the whimsy and wonder of this classic text. Poet Stevenson set the words from the perspective of a child and young people will quickly identify with both the words and the music. Duration 2 minutes 50 seconds See the score  

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unison & two-part sacred & christmas

A Blessing
SS, and piano, Alliance Music AMP-0712
This is an Irish blessing and was commissioned by St. John’s Ravenscourt Boys’ Choir, Winnipeg MB, under the direction of Michael Proudfoot.  This lyrical, prayer-like setting is especially suited to young voices and the last verse includes a wonderful descant.  Easy   
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The Lamb
SS, piano, flute, and oboe, Gordon V. Thompson (Alfred) VG-365
A haunting setting of William Blake’s wonderful poetry. The work won the first Ruth Watson Henderson Composition Award from Choirs Ontario. Expressive and lyrical writing brings out the best in young voices. An excellent concert and festival selection.
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Watch
 – Tar River Children’s Choir  

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Sunny Bank
SS and piano, Hinshaw Music HMC1939
This is a joyful, contemporary setting of the traditional English carol text. The work won First Prize in the Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto Carol Competition. Imaginative piano writing, spirited rhythms, plus whistling make this a engaging work for young voices. An excellent work for concert, festival or worship for young singers.
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When Christ Was Born of Mary Free
SS and piano, Hinshaw Music HMC1978
Particularly effective for young voices, a lilting melody gathers momentum and bursts into a joyous “Gloria in excelsis”.  A First Prize winner in the Amadeus Choir Carol Competition, this is an excellent concert and festival selection and Carol concert.
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ssa & ssaa secular

After the War
SSA and piano, Cypress Choral Music CP 1326
Sarah Slean sang this song in the film “Passchendaele”.  Paul Gross, from Calgary-Alberta, wrote, co-produced and starred in the film which focuses on the experiences of a Canadian soldier at the Third Battle of Ypres.  Mark has transformed the song into a wonderful choral composition which would be well suited to Remembrance Day events or any concert concerning War and Peace.  Small ensemble version available from the publisher.  Watch

April (I Love You)
SSA and piano  Alliance Music Publications AMP 0998
April (I Love You) is a setting of a poem originally entitled I love you by one of America’s most celebrated authors, Sara Teasdale (1884–1933). Born in St Louis, this accomplished and much admired poet won the Columbia Poetry Prize, (later renamed the Pulitzer Prize), as well as the annual prize from the Poetry Society of America for her 1917 collection Love Songs.   This is a beautifully evocative setting full of romance.  See the score 

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Auld lang syne
SSA, flute and piano, available from the composer
A moving setting of the wonderful Burns words that use the original version of the Scottish air (different that the one often heard!)  This is the perfect conclusion to a holiday concert, and also appropriate for graduation and other times of farewell.  It has become a Christmas tradition with the Cantabile Choirs of Kingston.  Additional small instrumental ensemble version available from the composer. See the score

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Canadian Boatsong
SSA and piano, Gordon V. Thompson VG-369 (available from Alfred) Irish poet Thomas Moore wrote the text for Canadian Boatsong as he traveled along the St. Lawrence River in 1842. The tune is a lilting French folksong. The descriptive piano writing portrays tolling bells, the rapids, and the peacefulness of the evening along the St. Lawrence. Especially good for teens, and women’s voices. Moderately easy.

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Citadel Hill
SSA and piano Cypress Choral Music CP 1335
Mark is a master of writing approachable choral music. After all, he directs his own choirs every week and adjudicates choral festivals all over the country. So his voice leading is intuitive, making the learning process a breeze for the director and a joy for the singers. This is another of his charming folksong arrangements.  Watch  

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The Cliffs of Dooneen
SSA and piano, Cypress Choral Music CP 1165
The Cliffs of Dooneen is a popular and haunting Irish folk song that extols the rugged beauty of the Atlantic coast. The final verse expresses longing for the homeland–a sentiment shared by many Irish immigrants during the nineteenth century when they were forced to leave for North America because of the Great Famine. This arrangement was written for Sister Rita Clare and the Cape Breton Chorale for the Celtic Colours Festival in 2008.  The SSA version is dedicated to Ann McIntyre, Conductor of the Edmonton Children’s Choir. Watch       

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Cloths of Heaven SSA and piano, Kelman Hall  06/2062 (Music Plus)
A expressive setting of Yeat’s magnificent poem “Had I the heaven’s embroidered cloths”.  This work, also available in SSA and TTBB, was commissioned by Music Plus and the Lyrical Lines Education Network for the 2007 Waterloo Region High School Choral Festival to be held in Centre in the Square, Kitchener-Waterloo.  Medium difficulty. Wind quintet + piano version available from the composer. Listen to the SATB version in performance by the Cantabile Choirs with guest conductor Bob Chilcott:

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Give Me Your Stars to Hold
SSA and piano  Santa Barbara Music SBMP
Audiences will leave humming the opening strains of this splendid piece. Abounding in melodic interest, and blessed with an ever-pulsating accompaniment, this setting of the Teasdale poem is destined to be a favorite of singers. See the Score  Watch 

Go, Lassie, Go
SSA and piano, optional flute, oboe, bass, Boosey & Hawkes M-051-475308 Instrumental parts: M-051-105106 This Celtic folk song is well known in Scotland and Ireland. This is animated rendition that sets the audiences toes ‘a-tappin’ and would make a perfect opening or conclusion to a concert. Can be combined with the SATB version of the work. Moderately easy.

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inngiqtuq  SSA body percussion and drum, Boosey & Hawkes 979-0-051-48351-8 inngiqtuq (She Sings) is a soundscape that honors the culture of the Inuit people of the Arctic. Musical references to traditional “throat-singing” and “ay-ya” songs are found in the music. The body percussion – stomping, clapping, chest pounding – and drum will add to the authentic experience this piece brings to singers and audience. See score and listen

Lake Huron Autumn 
SSA and percussion (Orff), Boosey & Hawkes M051-48019774
An evocative soundscape on poetry by William Wilfred Campbell is appropriate for children, teens and adults alike. The inventive work captures the sounds of the autumn along the shores of the Great Lakes: rustling bulrushes, leaves, flying geese and ducks, the cold wind.  Medium. See the score       

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The Leaving of Liverpool
Celtic folksong, SSA and piano, Boosey & Hawkes, M051-48177-4
Setting this Celtic folk song in a slow and majestic style, Mark underscores the anguish and uncertainty of the lovers who must say goodbye. The final outburst is full of heartbreak and will be a passionate and emotional moment for your choir. Duration: ca 3:50 See the score      

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Les étoiles
SSA, and piano, Alliance Music AMP 0687
Full of French lyricism and romantic harmonies, Les étoiles was commissioned by the Oriana Women’s Choir of Toronto under the direction of William Brown. Recorded by the Oriana Women’s Chorus on the CD “Child with the Starry Crayon”.  Medium. See the score Watch – GHS Concert Choir, Jennifer Jarrett, conductor  

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My Heart Soars
S(S)A and piano, Boosey & Hawkes, CME: Intermediate series. HL 48023055
Composer Mark Sirett set the beautiful and evocative poem “My Heart Soars” of Chief Dan George for a tribute concert to aboriginal cultures of the world. The concert was recognized by the Association of Canadian Choral Communities as Canada’s Outstanding Choral Event of 2009-10. Written for three part women’s or children’s voices and piano, the work captures the spiritual nature of the text beautifully. Duration: ca. 4 minutes 
See the score  

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The Pierless Bridge
SSA and piano, Cypress Choral Music  CP 1332
Emily Dickinson explores the question of faith is this poignant poem and Mark gives it the perfect gentle setting.

Reel à bouche
SSA, piano and clarinet (or accordion), optional double bass, Alliance Music AMP 0714
In French Acadian tradition, a Reel à bouche is a form of ‘mouth music’ with nonsense syllables and extra vocal effects.  This rhythmic dance has a French cabaret feeling that is full of fun for performers and audience alike.  It was commissioned by the Amabile Youth Singers of London ON. See the score Watch – Henry Leck conduct the Coastal Sound Festival Chorus  

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Shanti (Peace)
SSA, drone, finger cymbals, gong, Boosey and Hawkes M-051-47984-9 This soundscape is inspired by the mysticism of ancient Eastern religions, with a text and chant derived from the Buddhist mantra: “Peace. May all beings be well and happy.” The work evokes serenity, warmth and love.  The drone was original performed by a singing bowl but a cello, keyboard or low organ pedal could easily be used. See the score Watch – Lewis and Clark Women’s Choir    

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Song of the Angels (Gloria)
SSAA, handbells, percussion, Boosey & Hawkes, CME In High Voice, M-051-47492-9 Although the Gloria is often associated with Christmas the message of peace is universal and appropriate for many different settings.   This is a colourful soundscape uses accessible experimental effects often supported by the tuned and untuned percussion instruments. Gregorian chant inspires the opening and concluding melodies. The work received acclaim at recent international festivals. Commissioned by La Jeunesse Northumberland Girls’ Choir. See the score Watch         

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The Pierless Bridge
SSA and piano CP 1332; or TTBB and piano CP 1333; or SATB CP 1294 , Cypress Choral Music
Emily Dickinson explores the question of faith is this poignant poem and Mark gives it the perfect gentle setting.  Listen

The Spinning Wheel
SSA and piano, ECS Publishing ECS 6416 “Merrily, cheerily, noiselessly whirring”–this delightful Irish folksong tells the story of a young maiden spinning under the supervision of her grandmother. The sounds heard at the window are that of the young girl’s lover come to steal a kiss without her grandmother knowing. An inventive piano part highlights the humour of the story. Medium easy. See the score  

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songsterThe Songster
SSA and piano, Boosey & Hawkes HL 48023436
Celebrating the arrival of spring and the glorious song of the birds, Mark Sirett captures the passion and grandeur of Pauline Johnson’s lyrics and serves them up for any accomplished women’s choir.


Un canadian errant

SSA and piano, Kelman Hall 04/20MMP 29  (Music Plus) One of Canada’s best loved folk songs, an emotional and heartrending story of a young rebel who is banished from his homeland.  This poignant and dramatic setting that has often been used for Canada Day Unisong Festival at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Easy.  Full orchestral version available from the composer. Watch  

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Watane
SSA, percussion, Boosey & Hawkes M051-473434 (may also appear in catalogues as ‘Wantane’)
Watane is an original work inspired by aboriginal culture. Non-traditional vocal sounds, fragments of Iroquois chants, bird calls, and varied percussion evoke the atmosphere of the Eastern Woodlands. The work has been performed at ACDA national and regional conventions and most recently at the in World Symposium of Choral Music in Patagonia. This SSAA score is easily adapted for various voice combinations. Watch – Calliope Women’s Chorus, France Watch – Toronto Children’s Chorus, Elise Bradley, Director, 9th World Symposium of Choral Music, Patagonia 

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Where have all the flowers gone?
Words and music by Peter Seeger, SSA, piano, optional, violin, flute, oboe, double bass, Boosey & Hawkes, M 51-476299 Full score: M-051-10515-1
A beautiful, expressive setting of this favorite song that longs for peace. Each verse varies in voicing. The setting is inventive and deeply moving.  Since 911, especially suitable for concerts of remembrance and peace commemorating the 100th anniversary of WWI. String orchestra version available from the composer. Medium easy. See the score        Watch     

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ssa & ssaa christmas & sacred

A Child is Born
SSA, percussion, Boosey & Hawkes M-051-47671-8
This rewarding work is evocative of the medieval era in keeping with the mystical text by Hildegard of Bingen. The accompaniment includes hand drum, finger cymbals or triangle, and tambourine. The work was commissioned by La Jeunesse, Cobourg in honour of retiring director, Deirdre Morrell. Medium
Watch – Amabile Youth Singers, London ON      

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Blake’s Cradle Song
SSA, piano, flute, oboe, Gordon V. Thompson VG-367  (available from Alfred)
Lush harmonies and elegant flowing lines bring this traditional Christmas text by William Blake to life. The setting was written in honour of Jean Ashworth Bartle and Ruth Watson Henderson and the Toronto Children’s Chorus.    

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D’où viens-tu, bergère?
SSA and piano, Boosey & Hawkes M051-47818-7
A charming setting of one of Canada’s favourite carols suitable for children’s and women’s voices.  The carol is in the form of a dialogue between a young shepherdess who has returned from the manager and local villagers.  A great selection for a carol concert or service.
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Every Child Has Known God
SSA and piano, Alliance Music  AMP0815-021
Every Child Has Known God is a setting of a fascinating, spiritual text by Hafiz and can be considered either sacred or secular.  The work was commissioned by Les Chanteuses of Edmonton, under the direction of Heather Bedford.  The beginning lyrical writing moves to a spirited conclusion ‘Come dance with me’.  Watch  – Les Chanteuses of Edmonton   
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Hodie, Alleluia
SSA and piano Boosey & Hawkes HL 48023064
This is a contemporary setting of the traditional Vespers antiphon for Christmas Eve, “Hodie Christus natus est.” The African and jazz influences found in this score were inspired by the composer’s experiences in Ghana. Written for SSA choir, piano and Djembe(the Djembe is improvised and no part is included), this setting captures the multicultural spirit of the song. Two instrumentations available from the composer:  a) flute, oboe, violin, double bass + piano b)  string quartet + piano See the score  Listen

little tree
SSA, piano, Hinshaw Music, HMC 2039
Commissioned by the Kanata Children’s Chorus, Barbara Page-Puppa, director, this is an rewarding Christmas work for children or women based on one of e. e. cummings’ lesser known but beautiful texts. The work concludes with a joyous peal of “Noel, noel.”
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Song of the Angels (Gloria)
SSAA, handbells, percussion, Boosey & Hawkes M-051-47492-9
Although the Gloria is often associated with Christmas the message of peace is universal and appropriate for many different settings.   This is a colourful soundscape uses accessible experimental effects often supported by the tuned and untuned percussion instruments. Gregorian chant inspires the opening and concluding melodies. The work received acclaim at recent international festivals. Commissioned by La Jeunesse Northumberland Girls’ Choir
See the score
Watch  

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The Stars Point The Way
SSA and piano Boosey & Hawkes #M051480944 (CME Holiday Lights) HL.48022975
“The Stars Point The Way” was commissioned by the Cantilon Choirs of Edmonton Alberta and was awarded “Outstanding Choral Composition for 2010” by the Association of Canadian Choral Communities. This Christmas carol is sub-titled “Cosmic Bethlehem” and is a beautiful mix of traditional metaphors and contemporary references by Canadian poet Wendy Jean Maclean that will engage your singers and audiences and make the miracle relevant and personal. Duration: 3 minutes 35 seconds. Additional instrumentations available from the composer a) string quartet + piano b) flute, oboe, violin, double bass + piano See the score  Watch    

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Taladh Chriosda
SSA, piano and violin, Boosey and Hawkes M051-47874-3
This beautiful Gaelic carol comes from the Scottish Isles. The tune, which is in the Mixolydian mode, has a medieval quality. The gently swaying rhythm captures the essence of Mary gently rocking the Baby in her arms. This song could also be used as a beautiful candle-lit processional.  Small instrumental ensemble version available from the composer.
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Watch  
 Listen to the Cantabile Choirs in this extended version of this arrangement: 

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Thou Shalt Know Him When He Comes
SSAA, Augsburg/Fortress Press 0800675304
This Advent and Christmas motet was originally SATB and has become of one Augsburg’s best-selling octavos. An expressive, soaring melody is complimented by rich sonorities. This work has often been recorded by many Canadian choirs and heard on CBC. Moderate
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Tyrley, tyrlow
SSA, piano and C instrument, Hinshaw HMC 1754
This work was written for the Toronto Children’s Chorus, Jean Ashworth Bartle, director and premiered at Roy Thomson Hall. The text is a traditional Irish poem from the Renaissance; the writing is lyrical, modal, and harmonically inventive. The setting crescendos to an impassioned climax, and fades poignantly wistfully in the final strains of the recorder. 
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Christmas & sacred coming soon
Missa brevis for a Young Girl, SSA a cappella, Boosey and Hawkes

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tenor/bass

After the War
TTBB and piano, Cypress Choral Music coming soon
Sarah Slean sang this song in the film “Passchendaele”.  Paul Gross, from Calgary-Alberta, wrote, co-produced and starred in the film which focuses on the experiences of a Canadian soldier at the Third Battle of Ypres.  Mark has transformed the song into a wonderful choral composition which would be well suited to Remembrance Day events or any concert concerning War and Peace.  Small ensemble version available from the publisher.

Carrickfergus
TBarB and piano, Boosey & Hawkes M051-47745-6
This gorgeous Irish love song expresses the yearning of a young man for his love many miles away. A wonderfully expressive piano accompaniment supports this romantic ballad that will melt your heart. This has become very popular among many male choruses of all ages. Easy. An excellent, fresh arrangements of a beautiful Irish tune.  The arrangements is very accessible and choirs of widely differing abilities will find this fun and satisfying to perform.  plenty of opportunity to concentrate on musicality and interpretation.  Highly recommended…Bournemouth UK 
Watch Amabile perform this piece

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Christmas in Carrick
TBarB, fiddle or piccolo, bodhran
A high energy Celtic number recorded by the Barra-MacNeils. Suitable for high school and older ensembles. This is available directly from the composer;  please send an email to request a perusal copy.   

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Cloths of Heaven
TTBB and piano, Kelman Hall 06/2060 (Music Plus)
A beautifully moving setting of Yeat’s magnificent poem “Had I the heaven’s embroidered cloths.” This work, also available in SSA and SATB, was commissioned by Music Plus and the Lyrical Lines Education Network for the 2007 Waterloo Region High School Choral Festival to be held in Centre in the Square, Kitchener-Waterloo. Medium difficulty.  Additional instrumentation for wind quintet + piano available from the composer.
Watch 
Amabile perform this piece Watch O’Neill Collegiate Men’s Choir perform this piece  

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Dans les chantiers
TBB and piano, Boosey & Hawkes M051-47808-8
A wonderfully boisterous Québecois lumberjack song!  This ballad, supported by an inventive piano accompaniment, recounts the trials of a young man in the Canadian woods in winter. See the score  Watch University of Southern California Apollo Men’s Chorus  

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Dear Old Ireland
Irish-Canadian folk song, TBB and piano, Boosey & Hawkes M051-48095-1
A rollicking lumberjack jig for male chorus suitable for teens, university an older.  The folk song tells the tale of Irish lads, who valliantly face hardships of the Canadian woods but long for their home in the Emerald Isle. Lively and full of humour. See the score   Watch     

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Dying RebelThe Dying Rebel
Irish folk song, TBB and piano, Boosey & Hawkes 051-48136-1
This poignant ballad recounts the tragic death of a young rebel from Cork during in the famous 1916 Easter Rising which proclaimed the Irish Republic independent of Britain.  Expressive and emotional. See the score

The Holy Ground
Irish folk song, TTBB a cappella, Boosey & Hawkes HL48023063 The Holy Ground is a traditional nineteenth-century folksong from County Cork, Ireland and is based on a Welsh sea shanty, “The Lass of Swansea Town.” Written for and dedicated to Diane Loomer, founding director of the male chorus, Chor Leoni, this is a reflective arrangement of what is often a boistrous “tavern song,” capturing the sad sentiment of the lyrics.

The PIerless Bridge
TTBB and piano Cypress Choral Publications  CP 1333
Emily Dickinson explores the question of faith is this poignant poem and Mark gives it the perfect gentle setting.

Jug o’ Punch
Irish folksong, TTBB, penny whistle and piano One of the great Irish drinking songs made famous by the Descendants, full of vigour and good humour. Now available directly from the composer;  please send an email to request a perusal copy.  

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Mary Ann
TTBB and piano, Boosey & Hawkes 48019915 One of the most beautiful of all Maritime love songs masterfully set for older teens or adult voices.  Simple canonic writing and warm harmonies supported by an evocative rolling piano accompanist build to the final verse.  Medium. See the score  Watch     

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Mummers’ Carol (The Wren Song)
Celtic folksong, TBarB and body rhythm
A high-spirited ‘St. Stephen’s Day’ carol about the capturing of the wren to bring good luck.  Now available directly from the composer;  please send an email to request a perusal copy.

The Old House
TBarB and piano
A poignant Scottish ballad familiar to many through the recording by John McDermott, available in Canada only.  Suitable for high school and older ensembles. Now available directly from the composer;  please send an email to request a perusal copy.    

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The Pierless Bridge
SSA and piano CP 1332; or TTBB and piano CP 1333; or SATB CP 1294 , Cypress Choral Music
Emily Dickinson explores the question of faith is this poignant poem and Mark gives it the perfect gentle setting.  Listen

qitiraliq 
TTBB and percussion, Boosey & Hawkes 48019901
An imaginative and haunting soundscape that portrays an Inuit hunting expedition in the Arctic:  the cold, moon, ice, snow, and the northern lights are captured in special vocal effects. Commissioned and premiered by the Amabile Men’s Chorus, London ON, Carol Beynon and Ken Fleet, directors.  One of the highlights of Podium 2006 in Victoria and broadcast on CBC this is a challenging but rewarding work.  Winner of the Paul Revere Award for Publishing.     See the score   

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We’ll Rant and We’ll Roar TBarB and piano, Boosey & Hawkes M-051-47771-5
A rousing and humorous rendition of one of Canada’s best-loved sea shanties from Newfoundland. Suitable for teen and adult male ensembles.  A great concert finale. See the score         

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The Wild Rover Irish folk song,TBB and piano, Boosey & Hawkes HL 48022979
A boisterous arrangement of this favorite Celtic pub song just released!  This is suitable to teens and adult choirs alike. Small instrumental ensemble version of flute, oboe, violin, double bass + piano available from the composer.  See the score     

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Walking TTBB and piano, In Low Voice, Boosey & Hawkes 979-0-051-48324-2
This setting of a poem by one of England’s notable war poets, Robert Graves (1895-1985), dedicated to the memory of a World War I veteran, is for 4-part men’s chorus, the perfect ensemble to bring this powerful text to life  See score   Listen

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After the War
SATB and piano, Cypress Choral Music CP 1328
Sarah Slean sang this song in the film “Passchendaele”.  Paul Gross, from Calgary-Alberta, wrote, co-produced and starred in the film which focuses on the experiences of a Canadian soldier at the Third Battle of Ypres.  Mark has transformed the song into a wonderful choral composition which would be well suited to Remembrance Day events or any concert concerning War and Peace.  Small ensemble version available from the publisher.  Watch

Auld lang syne
SATB, piano & flute, Boosey & Hawkes M051-47770-8
A moving setting of the wonderful Burns words to the original version of the Scottish air (different that the one often heard!)  This is the perfect conclusion to a holiday concert, and also appropriate for graduation and other times of farewell.  Small instrumental version of flute, violin, double bass + piano available from the composer. See the score       

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Barter
SATB and piano with optional string quartet Boosey & Hawkes (Conductors Choice) HL 48023647
Nothing comes easily in life, but, as poet Sarah Teasdale assures us, life holds such treasures that we must give our all and “never count the cost.” This was written for the Association for Music in International Schools Honours Choir Festival, Luxembourg 2015

Berceuse acadienne
SATB a cappella Boosey and Hawkes M051-4801992-8
One of the most beautiful melodies from the French Acadian region of Canada’s east coast is exquisitely for a cappella voices.  This lullaby is suitable for teens and adult choirs and is also appropriate for Christmas.  Easy. See the score        

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Ce beau printemps 
SATB a cappella Boosey and Hawkes M051-4801988-6
This is a gorgeous love song that celebrates the coming of spring and the young love. Easy especially appropriate for high school, college/university and community. This is an excerpt and reworking of a passage from the larger choral/orchestral work, ‘Beltane’  ...exquisite!…it is unique, beautiful and an exquisite setting for the poem. Some dissonant complexity and time signature changes make it initially challenging to sight read through, but with practice it is a gem. I would sing it again anytime! And that is why I am looking into more of Mark Sirett’s compositions!…Boston MA
See the score  Watch – Rancho Bernardo Madrigal Alumni Choir    

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Citadel Hill Canadian folk song SATB and piano, Cypress Choral Music CP 1245 Mark is a master of writing approachable choral music…a breeze for the director and a joy for the singers.  This is another of his charming folksong arrangements. Small ensemble version available from the composer See the score    Watch  

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The Cliffs of Dooneen
SATB and piano, Cypress Choral Music CP 1165
The Cliffs of Dooneen is a popular and haunting Irish folk song that extols the rugged beauty of the Atlantic coast. The final verse expresses longing for the homeland–a sentiment shared by many Irish immigrants during the nineteenth century when they were forced to leave for North America because of the Great Famine. This arrangement was written for Sister Rita Clare and the Cape Breton Chorale for the Celtic Colours Festival in 2008.  The SSA version is dedicated to Ann McIntyre, Conductor of the Edmonton Children’s Choir. See the score Watch      

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Cloths of Heaven
SATB and piano, Kelman Hall 06/2061 (Music Plus)
A beautifully moving setting of Yeats magnificent poem “Had I the heaven’s embroidered cloths.”  This work, also available in SSA and TTBB was commissioned by Music Plus and the Lyrical Lines Education Network for the 2007 Waterloo Region High School Choral Festival to be held in Centre in the Square, Kitchener-Waterloo. Medium difficulty. Small ensemble version for wind quintet + piano available from the composer. Watch – Choralfest mass choir of 750 voices rehearse this piece. Listen to the SATB version in performance by the Cantabile Choirs with guest conductor Bob Chilcott:

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The Curragh of Kildare
Irish folk song, SATB and piano, Boosey and Hawkes  M-051-479597
This exquisite Irish ballad tells the tragic love story of a young girl who goes to the Curragh to find news of her handsome love, a young man destined to be killed with his compatriots in battle. Excellent choice for concert, festival or international folk celebration.  Commissioned by St. Francis Xavier University Chamber Singers. See the score   Watch   

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Farewell
SATB, violin and piano, E.C. Schirmer Music (ECS Publishing) 6582 This work was commissioned by the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir, Barbara Clark, director. The text was written by a member of the choir, Stephanie Boileau—colourful and atmospheric writing for chorus about a mermaid and the sea. The work is especially suitable to upper high school, community, and university level choruses. Medium difficulty.

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Go, Lassie, Go
Scottish folk song, SATB and piano, optional flute, oboe, violin, bass, Boosey & Hawkes M051476596 Instrumental parts: M051105106 A popular folk-song well known in Scotland and Ireland. This energetic rendition sets the audiences toes ‘a-tappin’. A lively opening or concluding selection to a concert. Can be combined with the SSA version of the work. Easy. Watch  – Kokoro, Brenda Uchimara, conductor

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Hold On
SATB a cappella Boosey and Hawkes HL 1000125647
This inspirational, prayerful and moving a cappella work is based on an ancient Pueblo First Nations Prayer that encourages us to hold on to what is good, no matter the challenges that choice may present, and to maintain a strong faith in the world, in friendship, and in oneself. A powerful statement of encouragement and hope. Available for digital download only Score

Johnnie Cope
Scottish folksong, SATB and piano, available from the composer as digital download.  This lively arrangement is full of humour recounts the story of the Sir John Cope, commander of the English forces that were soundly defeated by the Highland clans.  A thrilling concert ending. Small instrumental ensemble version is available from the composer.

Leezie Lindsay
Scottish folksong, SATB and piano, available from the composer as digital download.  This charming and joyous arrangement was composed for the 2015 Mosaic Festival in Ottawa.  It is a delightful story of the wooing of Leezie from the lowlands by the gallant Highland chief MacDonald.  Small instrumental ensemble version is available from the composer.

Les Raftsmen
Québecois folksong, SA(T)B and piano, #6 in ‘Song Stream 2’, An American Journey: 10 Songs for Youth Choirs, complied and edited by Bob Chilcott and Peter Hunt, Oxford University Press
This vigorous French-Canadian lumberjack song, complete with body percussion, will delight younger singers.  This practical folk song arrangement was written for this volume by Oxford University Press designed especially for younger choirs with few tenors and basses. Watch

Ononyatakaka
SATB, hand drum, sticks, rattle (Kelman Hall, Kitchener ON)
Inspired by Mohawk culture this work is a bold, rhythmic etude that represents sounds echoing off rock cliffs. The percussion instruments provide interesting cross rhythms to the vocal lines. A middle contrasting section is atmospheric. Very dramatic and energetic work especially good for teen singers and older singers. Medium difficulty. Watch  

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Onokenoga SATB and percussion, Boosey & Hawkes 48019902
This dramatic soundscape retells the tragic Mohawk legend of two young lovers.  Commissioned for Central Bucks High School-West Chamber Choir, Pennsylvania, Dr. Joseph Ohrt, director and premiered at the Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts in May, 2006.  Medium difficult.  Watch – Central Bucks High School-West Chamber Choir   See the score   

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O Take the Lute
SATB Porfiri and Horvath (Germany) PHP 112 057
A setting of a beautiful sonnet by Archibald Lampman.  This new North American series edited by Zimfira Poloz and features music suitable for festival competition.  This a cappella work is for advanced high school, university and community choirs.  See the score

The Parting Glass
SATB a cappella, Boosey & Hawkes M051-473427
A hauntingly beautiful setting of this poignant Irish folk song of departure reminiscent of “The Turtle Dove” by Vaughan Williams. Made familiar to many by the well-known Irish band, the Chieftains. Graceful contrapuntal lines and warm harmonies underscore the bittersweet sentiment of the text. Medium …What a lovely piece of music to end a concert or any presentation where a farewell is appropriate. For 14 years,I have been the artistic director for an ‘a cappella’ ensemble. The challenge is to find meaningful lyrics and beautiful harmonies. We have found both in this piece. We love the time signature changes from 4/4 to 5/4 through the piece – it goes in a direction that the listener doesn’t expect. The Celtic flare comes through the intervals in all 4 parts. It builds nicely form 2-part to 4-part. A GREAT ADDITION to our repertoire!…Boston MA Watch  

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The Pierless Bridge
SSA and piano CP 1332; or TTBB and piano CP 1333; or SATB CP 1294 , Cypress Choral Music
Emily Dickinson explores the question of faith is this poignant poem and Mark gives it the perfect gentle setting.  Listen

Red is the Rose
Irish folk song, SATB and piano, Boosey & Hawkes M051-47979-5
This anonymous Scottish text is set to the beautiful Irish melody Loch Lomond.  With a piano part depicting the flowing river, passages featuring men’s and then women’s voices, and a middle a cappella section, this is a concert setting worthy of the best choirs. Duration: ca. 4:00. See the score       

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Things that Never Die
SATB and piano,  Boosey & Hawkes M051-48093-7
Canadian composer Mark Sirett has set the inspirational Charles Dickens text in a simple and effective style. With a flowing and independent piano accompaniment, the singers paint the text with descriptive lines ending each verse with the powerful exclamation ‘These things can never die’   Duration: ca. 5:00  Additional instrumentation for wind quintet + piano available from the composer.  See the score      

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Un canadien errant
SATB and piano, Kelman Hall 04/20 MMP 28 (Music Plus, Kitchener ON)
One of Canada’s best-loved folksongs; an emotional and heartrending story of a young rebel who is banished from his homeland. Poignant and dramatic setting that has often been used for Canada Day Unisong Festival at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Also available in SSA.  Easy.  Full orchestra version available from the composer. Watch Hart House Chorus, University of Toronto     

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19525918Voices of Earth
SATB, piano and violin, Boosey and Hawkes M051479603
This tone poem begins and ends gently, but rises to a striking moment when describing “the roar of the sea’s surge, the might of thunder breaking” and is based on a poem by one of Canada’s finest poets, Archibald Lampman (1861-1899). Appropriate for an advanced high school, college or community chorus.  commissioned by the Dartmouth Concert Association for the award-winning Halifax Camerata, Jeff Joudrey, conductor. See the score   

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Watane
SSA and percussion, easily adapted to SATB Boosey & Hawkes M051-4473434 (also appears in some catalogues as ‘Wantane’)
A soundscape inspired by aboriginal culture. Non-traditional vocal sounds, fragments of Iroquois- inspired chants, birdcalls, and varied percussion help evoke the atmosphere of the Eastern woodlands. The work has been performed at ACDA national and regional conventions, the CBC Choral Competition as well as festivals in Europe. Medium in difficulty.  Watch Watch     

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Where have all the flowers gone?
Words and music by Peter Seeger, SATB, piano, optional, violin, flute, oboe, double bass, Boosey & Hawkes, M-051-47540-7 Full score: M-051-10515-1
A beautiful, expressive setting of this favorite song that longs for peace. Each verse varies in voicing. The setting is inventive and deeply moving.  Since 911, especially suitable for concerts of remembrance and peace commemorating the 100th anniversary of WWI. String orchestra version available from the composer. Medium easy. See the score        Watch     

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Will Ye No Come Back Again? 
SATB and piano, Alliance Music AMP 0391
A stirring arrangement of this great Scottish folk song of farewell. Each verse features different sections of the choir. The final verse is an outpouring of emotion; and thrilling conclusion with a dazzling piano part that evokes the sound of the highland drums and pipes. Excellent for youth and adult adult choirs.  This has been used for Unisong on Canada Day at the National Arts Centre.  Full Orchestration available from the composer. Easy/Medium difficulty. See the score  Watch 

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satb coming soon:  Love is the Water of Life, from Six Rumi Lyrics written in honour of Doreen Rao, SATB, piano and violin, Boosey and Hawkes

 

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Balulalow
SATB a cappella, Gordon V. Thompson (Leslie Music) VA-4028 (Leslie Music Supply, Oakville ON)
A prize-winner in the Amadeus Choir Carol Competition full of lush, expressive harmonies. This work is featured on the CD “Balulalow”, by the award-winning University of Alberta Madrigal Singers, Leonard Ratzlaff, director. Medium  Selected as “Favorite of the Month”, December 2012, Musica international
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Watch Kölner Kantorei

Celtic Carol (Sweet was the Song)
SATB a cappella, Kelman Hall 05/20 MMP 30 (Music Plus)
A setting of the traditional medieval text “Sweet was the song, the song the virgin sang”. Warm sustained harmonies compliment the sentiment of this beautiful text. Expressive ornaments underscore the Irish origin of the text. Medium.      

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Det finns en ros som renast är (There is no Rose)
Found in the Christmas collection Julkören published in Sweden by Notfabriken Music Publishers   

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D’ou viens-tu, bergère?  SATB a cappella  An American Christmas ed. Jerry Rubino, Oxford University Press. An a cappella version of one of Canada’s best-loved Christmas lullabies.  The collection contains 16 carols arrangements by well-known composers from North America.
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Du förstår när han är här
SATB a cappella Gehrmans Musickförlag SKG 10083.
This is the Swedish version of “Thou shalt know Him”.  See the description, reviews and soundfiles below.

Dormi Jesu
SATB a cappella, Boosey & Hawkes M051-47741-8
First Prize Winner of the 2005 Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto Carol Competition in the  a cappella division.  This lullaby-carol has elegant lines and sophisticated harmonies.  Easy
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Ecce concipies
SATB a cappella Boosey & Hawkes 051-47974
This a cappella Advent motet, with a text taken from the Gospel of Luke known as the “Annunciation,” uses long, legato, intense lines to describe the birth of the baby Jesus. With divisi in all voice parts and full vocal ranges required from everyone, this lush setting is suitable for the very best college and professional choirs.
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9780193373563God Rest You Merry Gentlemen
SATB and organ, Carols for Choirs V, Edited by David Blackwell and Bob Chilcott, Oxford University Press 978-0-19-337356-3
Found in this newest version of the famous ‘Carols for Choirs’ that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the celebrated first volume. Orchestrations of brass+organ or full orchestra are available for rent from Oxford University Press

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Huron Carol
SATB a cappella  in ‘Christmas Carols of the World” and ‘Weinachtslider aus aller Welt’ ed. Volker Hempflig, Carus Verlag
The new choral anthology Christmas carols of the world will enrich the Christmas repertoire for choirs, with lots of exciting choral arrangements of a selection of 85 international Christmas carols. It is edited by Volker Hempfling and contains arrangements by composers from 23 countries in their original languages, including John Rutter, John Høybye, Mark Sirett, Wolfram Buchenberg, Matti Hyökki and Fredo Jung.  Score
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I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
SATB and organ, Roger Dean 10/2386R
A graceful melody compliments the powerful words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, a longing for peace, the true message of Christmas. Easy.  

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If Ye Would Hear the Angels Sing
SATB and organ, Canadian International CIM1063
This carol setting was the commissioned by Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, William Maddox, director, for the annual Advent Carol service by the ‘Churches of the Hill’, Toronto. A magnificent text paired with a majestic tune and commanding organ accompaniment. Great conclusion to an Advent or Carol Service. Medium. 

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Love Came Down at Christmas
SATB and organ, Canadian International CIM1031
A simple and melodious setting of this classic text by Christina Rosetti. Easy and very effective.

Make We Joy Now 
SATB, brass and organ, Gordon V. Thompson (available from Alfred)
A colourful and exciting setting of this traditional Christmas text provides interesting mixed metres and lively rhythms. The work can be performed with organ alone, or organ and brass. Another winner of the Amadeus Carol Competition. Exciting and rewarding. Medium difficulty.

O Brillante Estrella 
SATB and piano, Boosey and Hawkes 48019887
Commissioned by the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Noel Edison, conductor. An original composition on a traditional Puerto Rican Christmas nativity text, O Brillante Estrella is in the style of a villancico, a lively Spanish carol. Colorful harmonies, syncopated rhythms, and flamboyant accompaniment help to capture the Spanish and Latin American spirit of this engaging piece.  Brass and organ version available from the composer. A contemporary vivacious setting of a Latin-American text that celebrates the arrival of the three kings.  Full of bold Spanish harmonies and tango-inspired rhythms great for the concert stage. A wonderful addition to the music of Christmas, beautifully crafted and gorgeous to sing…Philip Brunelle, American Organist
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The Oxen
SATB and piano, ECS Publishing 6415
A setting of Thomas Hardy’s magnificent poem about the legend of the oxen kneeling in adoration at midnight on Christmas Eve. A strong, handsome tune is accompanied by a majestic piano part that can also be effectively performed by harp. Very moving ending. Not difficult. Especially good for teen mixed choirs, and older choirs.  Thomas Hardy’s evocative poem is given an equally atmospheric setting by the Canadian composer Mark Sirett. If you know other music of Sirett’s (like the lovely Christmas motet, “Thou Shalt Know Him”), you know how beautifully he writes for voices. This is another gem with a finely wrought harp part. It would be marvelous for a Christmas Eve service.’ ...Philip Brunelle, American Organist
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Song of the Angels (Gloria)
SATB and percussion, Boosey & Hawkes, M051476596
A colourful sound-scape on the “Gloria” of the traditional Latin mass. Experimental effects found throughout are quite accessible and often supported by the tuned and untuned percussion instruments. Gregorian chant inspires the opening and concluding melodies. The work received acclaim at the in 2003 Previa International Choral Festival in Greece. Medium to Difficult.      

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There is No Rose 
SATB a cappella, Gordon V. Thompson (Alfred) VTS-4049
This classic Christmas text has been set to a haunting melody supported by rich impressionistic harmonies. The opening is a canon between sopranos. The verses develop harmonically to a dramatic conclusion, and a melting finale. Medium difficulty.  This also appears as ‘Det finns en ros som renast är’ in a Christmas collection called Julkören  (see above)    

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Thou Shalt Know Him
SATB a cappella, Augsburg/Fortress Press 0-8006-5520-6
Also available in Swedish from Gehrmans Musickförlag (listed above) and now available in Europe from the Church Music Society (OUP 978-0-19-395397-0)
One of Augsburg’s top-selling choral octavos. A stunning text complimented by a soaring melody and expressive harmonies. This work has been frequently recorded and performed by choirs worldwide. This is also available in an SSAA version from Augsburg/Fortress.  This has been performed by Vocalessence, Philip Brunelle, conductor, on American Public Media’s national broadcast of “Welcome Christmas.”  …Mark Sirett’s “Thou Shalt Know Him” is a piece of such resonant reverence that it could supplant “Silent Night” as your favorite …R. Hubbard
Watch Altra Volta
Watch CCP
Watch Stetson University      

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Waye Not His Cribb
SATB a cappella, Boosey & Hawkes, M051-47574-2
Winner of the Amadeus Choir Carol Competition, this work has also been performed by VocalEssence directed by Philip Brunelle. The unusual but expressive text is by Renaissance English poet Richard Crashaw. The opening verse is set for alto or baritone solo and chorus. Moderate. The work has been recorded by the Elmer Iseler Singers, Lydia Adams, director on the CBC disc “Puer Natus in Bethelehem, Alleluia!”

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Welcome all Wonders
SATB a cappella, Augsburg Fortress Press
Commissioned by the Oriana Singers of Port Hope, this Christmas anthem is found in  The Augsburg Choirbook for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany, Augsburg Fortress Press  ISBN: 9780800678586.  Moderate.

What Sweeter Music 
SATB a cappella, Augsburg Fortress Press 0800659287
This wonderful text by George Herbert has been set in rich harmonies that evoke the vivid imagery of the text. Especially good for more advanced church choirs, and in concert. Moderate.
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satb sacred 

A Gaelic Grace
SATB piano or organ,  H.W. Gray (Alfred) 00-34854
A heartfelt setting of the traditional Gaelic blessing, “Deep Peace’ can be performed a cappella or with accompaniment.  This recent release will become a favorite for many occasions including services on peace, for weddings and funerals, and general dismissal.
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And Now, O Father
SATB and piano (organ), H. W. Gray 39156
A flowing, serene anthem on a wonderful text by William Bright:  And now, O Father, mindful of the love.  The anthem features pairings of upper and lower voices and gentle counterpoint that is quite accessible and well supported by the piano accompaniment.  For general use through the church year.   

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As a Tree SATB sacred a cappella, Augsburg Fortress 978-1-5064-1381-5 An accessible a cappella work full of lyricism and expressive harmonies. The beautiful and inspiring text by Michael Morris is based on Psalm 1 and implores us all to “be like a tree firmly planted which yields its fruit and prospers.”
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Be Exalted, O God 
SATB, organ, optional flute, 2 trumpets, handbells, Roger Dean 10/2359R-3.
This Psalm anthem was commissioned by Rideau Park United Church, Ottawa in honour of organist Dianne Ferguson. A rewarding anthem that is flexible in the instrumentation. Optional part for children’s chorus can be sung by unison sopranos or a soloist. Medium difficulty.

Hold On
SATB a cappella Boosey and Hawkes HL 1000125647
This inspirational, prayerful and moving a cappella work is based on an ancient Pueblo First Nations Prayer that encourages us to hold on to what is good, no matter the challenges that choice may present, and to maintain a strong faith in the world, in friendship, and in oneself. A powerful statement of encouragement and hope. Available for digital download only Score

The Hour of Banquet and Song 
SATB a cappella, Roger Dean 10/2090R
Inspired by plainsong, this communion anthem was composed for Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, Toronto, William Maddox, director. The flowing counterpoint builds to a wonderful climax that gradually fades to a gentle, reflective conclusion.

Immortal Love
SATB, piano or organ, Augsburg Fortress ED015041
Originally commissioned for the Cantabile Choirs of Kingston, Ontario, this gorgeous setting of the John Greenleaf Whittier text is hypnotic. Lush harmonies and flowing lines make this a memorable and inspiring anthem.
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It is Good to Give Thanks
SATB and organ, Roger Dean  10/3939R
“It is good to give thanks to God, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness every night!” These wonderful words of praise set the stage for award-winning Canadian composer Mark Sirett’s exciting work of celebration. Written for “divisi” choir and organ, this song of Thanksgiving and celebration will become a standard in your library.
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Jesus, Your Boundless Love
SATB and organ, Royal Canadian College of Organists, RCCO-011
A hymn-anthem on the wonderful words by Paul Gerhardt translated by John Wesley.  Commissioned by St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Ottawa ON, Karen Holmes, Organist and Music Director, in memory of William Hartwick.  

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Make a Joyful Noise (Bwana Asifiwe)
SATB and organ or piano (optional African percussion)  Kelman Hall 09/2071 (Music Plus)
This African inspired setting of Psalm 100 is easy and full of great joy.  Written in honour of the late Kenneth Inkster and the Summer Institute of Church Music.

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O Sons and Daughters
SATB, organ and trumpet, Sacred Music Press 1 0/2013S
This Easter anthem has been featured twice on the nationally telecast CBC Easter Morning Sunrise Service. It is a verse anthem on the traditional Latin tune “O filii et filliae.” Contrasting verses building to a colourful “Alleluia” conclusion. Easy.
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Praise to God
SATB and organ, Canadian International CIM1005
This is a simple anthem suitable for harvest, or any service of thanksgiving. The choral and organ parts are easy. The traditional “Praise God from whom all blessings flow” appears as a descent in the final verse. An anthem that works especially well for a small choir. Easy.    

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Shout to God for Joy
General anthem, SATB, organ and trumpet, Roger Dean 10/2510R
Written for Woodroffe United Church, Ottawa this brief anthem of celebration is full of vitality. The choral writing is accessible and is complimented by a spirited organ part. Easy.   
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Thy Kingdom Come
SATB and organ Kelman Hall 08/2061 (Music Plus)
A hymn-anthem suitable for communion and Advent, designed especially for smaller choirs.  This was commissioned for Conrad Grebel Chapel, University of Waterloo and has become a favorite among many Canadian church choirs. Easy.    

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Ubi Caritas
SSATBB motet, Walton Music WJMS1097
Commissioned for the National Youth Choir of Canada an extensive a cappella setting of this ancient Latin antiphon (Where charity and love dwell, there is God.)  This sometimes serene, oft-times dramatic work has a great deal of harmonic and contrapuntal interest.  Appropriate for college, university, community and church choirs.  Moderately difficult.
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Veni Sancte Spiritus
SSAATBB motet, Walton Music, WJMS1084 HL08501585
A magnificent a cappella setting that combines the traditional Latin and English texts—appropriate for church and concert stage.  The motet was commissioned by Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, Toronto, and features antiphony between upper and lower voices, and rich, sustained harmonies.   Suitable for church and concert stage.
Watch  ECU Chamber Singers, Daniel Barra, conductor      

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Where Love and Charity Live
SATB a cappella, Boosey & Hawkes M-051-47825-5
An extensive motet on the English translation of “Ubi caritas” commissioned by the Peterborough Singers, Sydney Birrell, director.  Full of rich sonorities and contrast.  Medium difficult.  
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Wilt Thou Forgive
SATB a cappella, Canadian International CIM1027
A Lenten anthem is a setting of the poem by John Donne more commonly known as “Hymn to God the Father”. A challenging work full of great musical rewards. Difficult. Recorded by the Canadian Chamber Choir.    

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orchestra, wind & brass

Beltane – A Branch of May
SATB, SSA, orchestra (small orchestra of strings, flute, oboe, harp, percussion), Boosey and Hawkes M051-47958-0 The text for this work is comprised of several traditional May Day carols and sonnets from a variety of sources ranging from the medieval era to the 17th century. Musically, the work embraces many different styles, but is largely a tribute to the folk traditions of Ireland, Scotland, and Brittany. It is scored for SATB chorus, children’s or women’s choir, and Piano. Duration: ca. 15 mins See the score     

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In Praise of Music
SATB, organ and brass
A five movement work on the text by John Dryden, this was commissioned by the Richard Eaton Singers for their first concert with the fabulous Davies organ in the Winspear Centre, Edmonton.  Some challenging virtuosic writing for the organ. Recorded on CD by the Richard Eaton Singers and recently performed by the Ottawa Choral Society.  Available directly through the composer;  please send an email for a perusal copy.

Song at Sunset
SATB, children’s chorus, soprano soloist, full orchestra
A five-movement work on poems by Walt Whitman, full or rich and evocative harmonies.  Commissioned by the London Fanshawe Symphonic Chorus, Gerald Fagan, conductor, the work has also been performed by the Kingston Symphony.   Available directly through the composer;  please send an email for a perusal copy.

To Music
SATB and Wind Ensemble, a three-movement work commissioned by the University of Iowa Choirs for the 100th anniversary celebrations of the founding of the School of Music.  Recently performed by Edmonton’s Richard Eaton Singers. Available directly through the composer;  please send an email for a perusal copy.

 

celtic

Mark Sirett has arranged many Celtic folk songs for a variety of different voices.  Here is a listing of these arrangements as well as his original compositions inspired by the Celtic tradition:

A Blessing
SS, and piano, Alliance Music AMP-0712
This is an Irish blessing and was commissioned by St. John’s Ravenscourt Boys’ Choir, Winnipeg MB, under the direction of Michael Proudfoot.  This lyrical, prayer-like setting is especially suited to young voices and the last verse includes a wonderful descant.  Easy
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A Gaelic Grace
SATB piano or organ,  H.W. Gray (Alfred) 00-34854
A heartfelt setting of the traditional Gaelic blessing, “Deep Peace’ can be performed a cappella or with accompaniment.  This recent release will become a favorite for many occasions including services on peace, for weddings and funerals, and general dismissal.
See the score    Listen

Auld lang syne
SATB, piano & flute, Boosey & Hawkes M051-47770-8
A moving setting of the wonderful Burns words to the original version of the Scottish air (different that the one often heard!)  This is the perfect conclusion to a holiday concert, and also appropriate for graduation and other times of farewell.
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Beltane – A Branch of May
SATB, SSA, orchestra (small orchestra of strings, flute, oboe, harp, percussion), Boosey and Hawkes M051-47958-0
The text for this work is comprised of several traditional May Day carols and sonnets from a variety of sources ranging from the medieval era to the 17th century. Musically, the work embraces many different styles, but is largely a tribute to the folk traditions of Ireland, Scotland, and Brittany. It is scored for SATB chorus, children’s or women’s choir, and Piano. Duration: ca. 15 mins
See the score  

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Carrickfergus
TBarB and piano, Boosey & Hawkes M051-47745-6
This gorgeous Irish love song expresses the yearning of a young man for his love many miles away. A wonderfully expressive piano accompaniment supports this romantic ballad that will melt your heart. This has become very popular among many male choruses in North America. Easy.
Watch Amabile perform this piece     

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Celtic Carol (Sweet was the Song)
SATB a cappella, Kelman Hall 05/20 MMP 30 (Music Plus)
A setting of the traditional medieval text “Sweet was the song, the song the virgin sang”. Warm sustained harmonies compliment the sentiment of this beautiful text. Expressive ornaments underscore the Irish origin of the text. Medium.   

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Christmas in Carrick
TBarB, fiddle or piccolo, bodhran A high energy Celtic number recorded by the Barra-MacNeils. Suitable for high school and older ensembles. This is available directly from the composer;  please send an email to request a perusal copy.  

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Cliffs of Dooneen, The
SATB and piano, Cypress Choral Music CP 1165
and SSA and piano, Cypress Choral Music CP 1165
The Cliffs of Dooneen is a popular and haunting Irish folk song that extols the rugged beauty of the Atlantic coast. The final verse expresses longing for the homeland–a sentiment shared by many Irish immigrants during the nineteenth century when they were forced to leave for North America because of the Great Famine. This arrangement was written for Sister Rita Clare and the Cape Breton Chorale for the Celtic Colours Festival in 2008.  The SSA version is dedicated to Ann McIntyre, Conductor of the Edmonton Children’s Choir.
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The Curragh of Kildare
SATB and piano, Boosey and Hawkes  M-051-479597
This exquisite Irish ballad tells the tragic love story of a young girl who goes to the Curragh to find news of her handsome love, a young man destined to be killed with his compatriots in battle. Excellent choice for concert, festival or international folk celebration.  Commissioned by St. Francis Xavier University Chamber Singers.
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Dear Old Ireland
Irish-Canadian folk song, TBB and piano, Boosey & Hawkes M051-48095-1
A rollicking lumberjack jig for male chorus suitable for teens, university an older.  The folk song tells the tale of Irish lads, who valliantly face hardships of the Canadian woods but long for their home in the Emerald Isle. Lively and full of humour.
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The Dying Rebel
Irish folk song TBB and piano, Boosey & Hawkes 051-48136-1
This poignant ballad recounts the tragic death of a young rebel from Cork during in the famous 1916 Easter Rising which proclaimed the Irish Republic independent of Britain.  Expressive and emotional.
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Farewell to Tarwathie  
Scottish folk song, SATB and piano, Cypress Choral Music CP 1357.
Treble version to be released soon
This lovely Scottish folk song, made famous by Judy Collins, is suitable for community, high school and college/university singers.  Additional flute, oboe, double bass parts available from the composer.

Go, Lassie, Go
SSA and piano, optional flute, oboe, bass, Boosey & Hawkes M051475308 Instrumental parts: M051105106 and SATB and piano, optional flute, oboe, violin, bass, Boosey & Hawkes M051476596 Instrumental parts: M051105106  The two versions can be performed together.
The words to this folk-song are well known both in Scotland and Ireland. This is a lively rendition that sets the audiences toes ‘a-tappin’. A lively opening or conclusion to a concert. Can be combined with the SATB version of the work. Moderately easy.   

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  Watch  – Kokoro, Brenda Uchimara, conductor   

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The Holy Ground
Boosey & Hawkes HL48023063
Irish folk song, TTBB a cappella, The Holy Ground is a traditional nineteenth-century folksong from County Cork, Ireland and is based on a Welsh sea shanty, “The Lass of Swansea Town.” Written for, and dedicated to, Diane Loomer, founding director of the male chorus, Chor Leoni, this is a reflective arrangement of what is often a boistrous “tavern song,” capturing the sad sentiment of the lyrics.  See the score 

Irish Lullaby
SS and piano, Boosey & Hawkes M-051-47134-8
A charming traditional lullaby sung in Irish.  The pronunciation guide makes the language very easy. The simple piano score supports a unison first verse, and the second with a flowing descant. Delightful folk song especially suitable for very young voices.  Watch     

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Jug o’ Punch
Irish folksong, TTBB, penny whistle and piano
One of the great Irish drinking songs made famous bythe Chieftains,full of vigour and good humour.  Now available directly from the composer;  please send an email to request a perusal copy.   

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The Leaving of Liverpool
Celtic folksong, SSA and piano, Boosey & Hawkes, M051-48177-4  Setting this Celtic folk song in a slow and majestic style, Mark underscores the anguish and uncertainty of the lovers who must say goodbye. The final outburst is full of heartbreak and will be a passionate and emotional moment for your choir   Duration: ca 3:50. See the score    

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Mary Ann
TTBB and piano, Boosey & Hawkes 48019915
One of the most beautiful of all Maritime love songs masterfully set for older teens or adult voices.  Simple canonic writing and warm harmonies supported by an evocative rolling piano accompanist build to the final verse.  Medium.
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Mummers’ Carol (The Wren Song)
Celtic folksong, TBarB and body rhythm
A high-spirited ‘St. Stephen’s Day’ carol about the capturing of the wren to bring good luck.  Now available directly from the composer;  please send an email to request a perusal copy.

The Parting Glass 
SATB a cappella, Boosey & Hawkes M051-473427
A hauntingly beautiful setting of this poignant Irish folk song of departure reminiscent of “The Turtle Dove” by Vaughan Williams. Graceful contrapuntal lines and warm harmonies underscore the bittersweet sentiment of the text. Medium.
Watch 

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Red is the Rose
Irish folk song, SATB and piano, Boosey & Hawkes M051-47979-5  This anonymous Scottish text is set to the beautiful Irish melody Loch Lomond.  With a piano part depicting the flowing river, passages featuring men’s and then women’s voices, and a middle a cappella section, this is a concert setting worthy of the best choirs. Duration: ca. 4:00.
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The Spinning Wheel
SSA and piano, ECS Publishing ECS 6416
“Merrily, cheerily, noiselessly whirring”–this delightful Irish folksong tells the story of a young maiden spinning under the supervision of her grandmother. The sounds heard at the window are that of the young girl’s lover come to steal a kiss without her grandmother knowing. An inventive piano part highlights the humour of the story. Medium easy.    

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Taladh Chriosda
SSA, piano and violin, Boosey and Hawkes M051-47874-3
SATB version available from the composer
This beautiful Gaelic carol comes from the Scottish Isles and is an ancient waulking song. The tune, which is in the Mixolydian mode, has a medieval quality. The gently swaying rhythm captures the essence of Mary gently rocking the Baby in her arms. This song could also be used as a processional.
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The Wild Rover
Irish folk song,TBB and piano, Boosey & Hawkes HL 48022979
Once again, Mark Sirett has captured the spirit of a text and assigned it to the best possible voicing. The Wild Rover was and still is a popular “pub” song. It has also become a popular song for football (soccer) fans in Britain to sing at a game. Mark’s arrangement is lively and robust. With its repeated chorus, it will be easy to learn and fun to sing. Small instrumental ensemble version available from the composer  See the score   

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Will Ye No Come Back Again? 
SATB and piano, Alliance Music AMP 0391
A stirring arrangement of this great Scottish folk song of farewell. Each verse features different sections of the choir. The final verse is an outpouring of emotion; and thrilling conclusion with a dazzling piano part that evokes the sound of the highland drums and pipes. Excellent for youth and adult adult choirs.  This has been used for Unisong on Canada Day at the National Arts Centre.  Full orchestra version available from the composer. Easy/Medium difficulty.  See the score      

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